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    Worst sampler you have owned?

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    post the worst sampler you have owned.
    i have had a sampletrak, sp-303, sp-505, microsampler, mpc 500, and mpc 1000.

    the worst was the mpc 500. i love the 1000 but the 500 every little thing was a process due to the tiny screen. INSANE menu dives. that said i made some dope **** on it but never ever touched it again after i got other samplers. it was my first sampler.

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    Menu dives don't seem that bad to me.
    I have owned mpc2000, mpc500, s900, zoom sampletrak, casio sk-1, and sk-5.
    None of them were bad really. I have even made good use of my sk-5 in beats before.

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    When it comes to quick navigation you have to learn any shortcut keys.

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    Worst sampler I've ever used? Probably the Ensoniq Mirage. I like it's ultra-gritty 8-bit sound, but it's such a pain in the ass to use and has shit specs.
    MPC 1000 w/ JJOS - Korg ESX - Korg EA-1 - Ensoniq EPS 16+ - Waldorf MicroQ - Roland Alpha Juno 2 - Yamaha TX81z - Mackie CR1604 - random rackmount and pedal effects

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    Roland S550. Didn't have the patience for it or have the CRT monitor. Got Akai samplers instead.

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    I hated my MPC 1000. Now I use software as all of my samplers.

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    Hands down the ASR-X.

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    Good question. Around 2004, I was so enthused about finding a Korg DSS-1 for next to nothing, but the OS and interface killed it for me. The slow disk drive too. It was relatively simple to synthesize some digital waveforms and make a synth patch. Then you put it in unison mode with detune and it could sound amazing. But when it came time to save your work, the OS and drive tended to make me shrug my shoulders and click off the power. It was just easier to start from scratch next time. There was also its bulk. It was bigger than most 61 key keyboards in their flight cases. I put it on my 3-tier keyboard stand and the whole thing swayed and creaked and generally was not happy about having to hold up this keyboard. What a shame. It had potential. The samples were really gritty and weird sounding, not quite like any of the other samplers from that era.

    My friend had a Roland S-10 that was kind of a piece of shit. In the late 90's, he was the first person in our circle of friends to get a sampler. At the time, it was pretty amazing to be able to load it up with four short samples AND save them after the power was turned off! (our only previous sampling experience was with Casio SK1's and Yamaha VSS30's. Much better machines in retrospect.) Unfortunately, that saving was done on Quickdisks. One sample per side, so to save your patch you needed two disks, and had to flip each one for the next sample. It was slow as shit. The interface and general capability as a synthesizer was not great. We mostly sampled loops from drum machines or synths on the lowest sample resolution, pitched them up or down, recorded a track, and then flipped it off again.

    Not all old samplers were horrible. In school, they had an original Ensoniq EPS which I used quite a bit. Great, intuitive interface, lots of interesting and useful synthesis options, really good built in sequencer, a disk drive that was semi decent. That may not be the fairest of comparisons, as the EPS was a couple of years younger than the other two, and a couple of years is a while in technology.

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    Ive pretty much had them all minus fairlights. My first one was a casio, it really sucked. only good for sampling farts and playing joke samba patterns as far as i could tell, but obviously it is a toy. Pretty much like the rest of them. I like the asr-x. I find it highly underrated.

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    Yeah my first sampler was a Casio SK-1, I remember wiring up a big usable potentiometer up to the tiny tuning one on the bottom, it wasn't soldered in or anything and I stuck it onto the side with brown packing tape just so I could adjust the BPM of a loop......sure it might be a piece of shit in comparison to proper sampler (such as Casio's FZ-1 for example) but it was quite good value for a kid who couldn't afford a proper sampler.

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